CityDance DREAM

COVID-19 Impact - DREAM School for Dance goes Virtual! 

As a result of COVID-19, we have cancelled all CityDance DREAM School for Dance in-studio classes, rehearsals and program activities through Friday, April 24. We have taken our programming online so that we can continue to provide training and a support system for our students! 

The DREAM at-home experience includes an online portal for students via BANDS which delivers curated digital dance classes and content. We are also providing Language Arts programming for middle schoolers; tutoring sessions with the DREAM Academic Services Manager; and College Readiness program activities, including intensive mentorship for seniors, online. 

Dream School for Dance leadership and staff continue to remain in close communication with all students and their family's through individual as well as program-wide communications to ensure continued support and sharing of information about additional available resources. 

The pain of this pandemic is communal and so must be the response. COME TOGETHER with us to continue transforming lives and communities through dance. Every gift will ensure that we are able to continue offering vital programming to students across the socioeconomic spectrum, nurture the talent of tomorrow's dance professionals and retain the strong local community of dance faculty and artists. 

All donations to the COME TOGETHER fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Barbara Epstein Foundation up to $125k!

DREAM School for Dance

In Fall 2017, CityDance opened the DREAM School for Dance in the heart of Washington, DC’s U Street neighborhood. The School provides a comprehensive tuition-free dance program integrated with wrap-around academic, college prep and family services for DC students in grades 3 through 12.

At the DREAM School for Dance, we address the needs of the whole child through a 10-year journey with a goal for students to graduate from high school, enroll in college and be equipped with the tools and skills necessary to pursue their full potential. These goals are achieved through the following four core program elements:

Dance Education and Performance are the core transformational elements through which our youth develop the ability to reach their full potential. Dance has the ability to encourage youth to think differently about themselves, to push through obstacles and to emerge as strong and confident leaders. It is why our students call DREAM their second home. On the dance floor, they feel supported and are able to embody who they really are. Dance breaks down barriers. It allows our students to have a voice, to be seen and to know that they matter.

Academic Services (grades 3-12) provide early and consistent academic intervention to ensure on-time high school graduation.

College Readiness (grades 8-12) removes barriers to college access with programs that prepare parents / guardians to support their child’s path through college logistically, financially and emotionally.

Family Engagement and Support Services (grades 3-12) focus on the well-being of youth in their individual family contexts.

Journey of a DREAM Student 

CityDance DREAM focuses on the whole child through dance, education and social support.

(3rd - 4th Grade)
• Dance Training Curriculum begins
• Field trips to Professional performances
• Family Engagement Activities
• Academic Monitoring and Tutoring
• Counseling and In-house Crisis Intervention

(5th - 8th Grade)
• Master Classes, Residencies and Summer Intensives with professional artists and companies
• Student Performance Opportunities
• Student and Family Workshops
• Individualized Student Academic Plans
• College Preparation Curriculum Begins

(9th - 12th Grade)
• Pre-Professional Dance Training Track Begins
• Student Leadership Council
• Pre-Collegiate Mentoring and College Planning
• College Application, Admissions and Financial Aid Support
• Merit-based Scholarships Awarded

(College Years)
  • A lifelong support network for DREAM Alumni

Guest Artists

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Guest Artist: Audrey Elaine Hailes

Jared Jenkins

Guest Artist

Fredrick Earl Mosley

Guest Artist

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Guest Artist: Theara Ward

Phil Wright

Guest Artist

Highlights & Happenings

COVID-19 Update: CityDance Transitions to Virtual Classrooms

Postponed - DREAM Adult Modern Workshop

DREAM Takes the Stage in Philly

Capital Community News Feature on DREAM

DREAM Selected to Perform at Prestigious Conference

Happy Thanksgiving from CityDance DREAM!

DREAM School for Dance 2001 10th Street NW | Washington, DC 20001 | 202.506.7252 


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